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Vanuatu: Fourteen Politicians Sentenced to Prison for Corruption

(Oct. 26, 2015) On October 22, 2015, the Vanuatu Supreme Court sentenced 14 sitting members of parliament (MPs), including the Speaker of Parliament and the Deputy Prime Minister, to terms of imprisonment after their conviction on bribery and corruption charges.  (Vanuatu Court Sentences MPs, Including Former PMs Carasses and Vohor, to Jail for Corruption, ABC […]

Indonesia; Vanuatu: Vanuatu Parliament Passes Resolution on West Papua Independence

(July 21, 2010) On June 21, 2010, it was reported that the Vanuatu Parliament had unanimously passed a motion to raise questions with the United Nations regarding the status of West Papua, which is currently a province of Indonesia. (Vanuatu Wants UN to Discuss West Papua, RADIO AUSTRALIA (June 21, 2010), The Vanuatu government […]

Vanuatu: Ban on Harvesting Sea Cucumbers and Clams

(Dec. 2, 2007) According to a media report of November 12, 2007, Vanuatu's Fisheries Department has issued a maximum five-year ban on sea-cucumber harvesting and a total ban on clam shell harvesting. The purpose of the bans is to replenish the stocks after the Fisheries Department's research showed a dramatic decline in them. (Vanuatu Fisheries […]